Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

On this day: The Blitz begins

September 7 1940: Bombs over Britain

    Nazi Germany started bombing Britain in September 1940. The bombings continued on for 76 consecutive days - until May 10 1941 - as Germany attempted to destroy Britain's infrastructure and cripple the country's war economy.

    It was reported at the time that the attacks were the worst offence committed by Germany since the war began.

    Britain fought back and 88 German war planes were shot down; yet the bombings went on for many days with little pause for recovery.

    Germany sometimes bombed for eight hours straight, even destroying air raid shelters and thus devastating London further.

    London was the worst hit from the attacks, with Hull also badly damaged. More than a million homes were destroyed and 40,000 people were killed.

    The Jewish community was caught up in the centre of all the bombings and the Jewish Chronicle reported that January that many of the main London synagogues had been practically destroyed. Likewise, many Jewish families were bombed out of their homes and had to rely on their communities for support.

    Despite the Blitz, the Allies triumphed and Germany was defeated four years later.

    What the JC said: Large numbers of Jewish dwellings and business premises have been wrecked and many Synagogues damaged in recent raids on the Metropolis. A London Synagogue suffered almost total destruction when a bomb fell on the-large sheds; adjoining the building in a recent raid. The Synagogue was built in 1904 and included classrooms and a beadle's flat. Most of the Sefarim had been sent into the country at the outbreak, of the war. Those that remained in the Synagogue were courageously rescued by the local demolition squad…When the bomb fell there were a number of casualties in houses nearby…The Chanucah lights of 5701 will be remembered by those many Jews - and non-Jews too-who saw them kindled in underground air-raid shelters this year. They brought rays of cheer into these black-out nights.

    See more from the JC archives here

World

Family buries a lost son, 75 years after jungle...

Moira Schneider

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Family buries a lost son, 75 years after jungle...
Features

They shall not pass

Colin Shindler

Thursday, July 14, 2016

They shall not pass
The Jewish Chronicle

France honours D-Day veteran

Josh Jackman

Monday, May 9, 2016

France honours D-Day veteran
Books

Wandering into printed posterity

Jenni Frazer

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wandering into printed posterity
Uk News

Kindertransport refugees return to town that fi...

Charlotte Oliver

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Kindertransport refugees return to town that fi...
Uk News

Call for new museum to honour the secret listen...

Anonymous

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Call for new museum to honour the secret listen...
Uk News

Island remembers hell of war

Simon Rocker

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Island remembers hell of war
Uk News

Hundreds honour Kindertransport hero Sir Nichol...

Josh Jackman

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hundreds honour Kindertransport hero Sir Nichol...
Community News

French honour D-Day veteran who was at Nurember...

Naomi Firsht

Thursday, March 10, 2016

French honour D-Day veteran who was at Nurember...